I was not prepared for the grandeur of the scenery; the workings of an unknown Power greater than that of man were visible at every step; the overhanging crags, the precipices on either hand, the stillness only broken by the voices of the mountain streams, the sternness and wildness of the landscape, relieved here and there by Nature's fairest creations, pine trees that have stood for centuries and delicate rock plants
at their feet, all combine to produce sober musings.
Don't forget rock plants
such as armeria maritima, aubrieta, dianthus alpinus, phlox subulata, stachys, osteospermum jucundum, erigeron karvinskianus, and iris pumila.
They will visit all kinds of flowers - annuals and perennials, shrubs, rock plants
and bulbs - and do not discriminate between wild and cultivated.
You can cut them from the main plant when they have rooted well Continue cutting back rock plants
such as alyssum, aubrieta and helianthemum immediately after flowering, before they have had time to set seed During dry weather raise the cutting blades on your lawnmower and mow without using the grass box so that the clippings help retain moisture Thin established seedlings of herbs such as chervil and dill to 15-30cm (6-12in) apart, according to the eventual spread of the plants.
Replace rock plants
showing signs of severe frost damage, such as loss of foliage, discoloured leaves and dead patches.
Two Little Rock plants
received silver awards in 2010.
Eye-catching containers can be made out of anything you may otherwise dump, from old food cans painted with brightly coloured weather-resistant paint, to sinks which can house a myriad of rock plants
, and teapots, mugs and rusty buckets with holes drilled in the bottom which can be planted up and strategically placed to brighten up the scene.
have evolved to suit stony mountainsides where water does not linger and what you will have to ensure is that the soil beneath your rock garden drains freely.
Plant spring bedding, rock plants
and compact perennials.
Hawkeye Renewables' Iowa Falls and Fairbank facilities currently operate over 220 million gallons of ethanol production and Hawkeye Growth's Menlo and Shell Rock plants
, which will become operational in the second half of 2008, will add another 230 million gallons of production.
Lots more bulbs and rock plants
will be on show and it is open to the public from noon until 3.
There will be a juried plant show Saturday for alpine and rock plants
, registration is at 9 a.